We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.

The Jane Addams Peace Association Wishes You A Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Jane Addams Peace Association!

It is our wish that this year be filled with light, peace, care and good books.

2023 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and we hope you will join us in a year-long celebration, as we continue our mission “to deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue, and social action.”

Jane Addams Peace Association Visits Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet International School in Chicago, IL



Last year the Jane Addams Peace Association was honored to visit Bouchet International School in Chicago, IL with Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winners and authors Angela Joy and Alicia D. Williams. Bouchet International School is a committed and collaborative learning community that fosters a positive environment and that produces critical thinkers, effective communicators, self-directed life-long learners, and technologically skilled students. Formerly known as Bryn Mawr, this school was built in 1903 and has always been a community-based school.

Mrs. Tina Franklin-Bertrand, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator at Bouchet International School, shared how the visit was very transformative for the students. “I wish that I could bottle the enthusiasm that the students had when we introduced the possibility of authors coming to visit,” she stated. “All of the teachers encouraged the students to do some research to find out more about the authors, and in their exploration, they found a mirror image of themselves, and I think that’s very important for them as they continue to explore these culturally relevant texts.”

“I remember one student in particular, holding the book very tightly, she asked if they would get to keep the books and I said, ‘Yes, you get to keep the books. The Jane Addams Peace Association made it possible for you to receive these books.’ She just held the book and said, ‘Wow, this is so wonderful. I have a Shirley Chisholm inside of me.'”

We are so honored and happy to see the impact that these amazing authors have had on the students at Bouchet International School. An author visit to a school is more than a chance to meet a real, live author and illustrator; it is an experience that can truly help students cultivate and deepen their love of reading and writing. We would like to thank Angela Joy and Alicia D. Williams for taking time to visit students, as well as Mrs. Tina Franklin-Bertrand and all of the Bouchet International School staff and faculty for continuing to nurture and guide these students to brilliance.

Learn More About Bouchet International School!

Announcing the 2023 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalists in the Books for Older Children’s Category


The Jane Addams Peace Association is delighted to announce the finalist titles under consideration for the 2023 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in the Books for Older Children category. We believe that these books, and others like them, can open up conversations between children and their adults–teachers, librarians and caregivers–about what is happening in the world around them and how they can be change-makers in their own families and communities.



  1. Alice Austen Lived Here. Alex Gino, Scholastic Press.
  2. The Civil War of Amos Abernathy. Michael Leali, HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  3. Dream, Annie, Dream. Waka T. Brown, Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  4. Fight Back. A.M. Dassu, Tu Books/Lee & Low Books.
  5. The First Rule of Climate Club. Carrie Firestone, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House.
  6. The Last Beekeeper. Pablo Cartaya, Harper/HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  7. Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution. Sherri Winston, Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
  8. Rima’s Rebellion: Courage in a Time of Tyranny. Margarita Engle, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster.
  9. A Seed in the Sun. Aida Salazar, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House.
  10. Swim Team. Johnnie Christmas, Harper Alley/HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  11. Undercover Latina. Aya de León, Candlewick Press.
  12. Yonder. Ali Standish, Harper/HarperCollins Children’s Books.

The Jane Addams Peace Association will announce winning and honor books on January 13, 2023. Awards will be presented to the winning and honored authors and illustrators at a ceremony in Spring 2023. All are invited, whether they be in classrooms, libraries or at home.

Did you miss the announcement of the finalists for the Younger Children category in our December newsletter? Click here to read more.

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all.


Find resources associated with each of our winning and honor books here:



Loyalty Bookstore

843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011

Loyalty Bookstore was founded by Hannah Oliver Depp, a Black and Queer bookseller who has spent her career working to diversify the book industry in order for it to better serve the powerful communities of color and queerness. They aim to be the mid-atlantic’s neighborhood spot for wonderful books and unique stationery, gifts, and programming, with their staff and book selection highlighting the diverse voices and creatives that make our communities great. Above all, Loyalty Bookstore’s intersectional community is important to them, they will continue to create an inclusive, welcoming environment and provide books and goods for any and everyone’s home.

Visit Loyalty Bookstores Website to Learn More!


The Book Worm Bookstore

4451 Marietta Street, Powder Springs, GA 30127

The Book Worm in Powder Springs, Georgia opened its doors in October of 2005. Julia Davis, children’s book author, took ownership in November 2020 when the former owner retired. Ms. Davis’s passion for promoting self-love and literacy has become the foundation that The Book Worm stands on. Julia re-opened the store during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she has accomplished amazing things during this challenging time, being voted amongst the “Best of Georgia 2022” by the Georgia Business Journal.

The Book Worm strives to bring the best in literature, from international best sellers to their own local literary giants, to a vibrant growing community that is as diverse as the books on their shelves. With over 30,000 titles in a wide variety of genres with hundreds of accessories, they want to make sure that receiving books is as accessible as possible, offering incredibly low prices and making a majority of their current store selection viewable online.

Visit the Book Worm Bookstore’s Website to Learn More!



The Jane Addams Peace Association perpetuates the spirit of activist and pacifist Jane Addams, her love for children and humanity, her commitment to freedom and democracy, and her devotion to the cause of world peace.

Through our Books In Their Hands program we bring authors and illustrators to low-income schools nationally to share their Jane Addams Award books. We also donate Jane Addams Children’s Book Award commended titles into the hands of children. 

Your donation to the Jane Addams Peace Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, is tax-deductible and helps us support authors, illustrators, parents, teachers, and librarians deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue, and social action.

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